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Poster: stbalbach Date: May 6, 2010 7:09am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

By default there is a link called "See recent additions" on the main texts page. This shows everything uploaded to Internet Archive sorted most recent first, including user uploads, government documents and foreign language texts. For casual browsing purposes, it may be expedient to filter some of this out. Below is an example of how it is done.

This link shows the most recent additions using the following search: [ mediatype:(texts) -collection:(usfederalcourts) -collection:(opensource) AND (language:eng OR language:English OR language:Eng) ]. In other words, it will exclude the government collection, exclude the opensource collection, which has a lot of spam, and will list only English-language works.

You can fine tune the search to your taste, and then bookmark it and use your bookmarked link.

Remember: the "Sort results by: Date added" must be manually clicked on the right side of the screen in order to sort the results by most recent first. Or, add "&sort=-publicdate" at the end of the URL. Sorting by date can not be set via the search string, only by manually changing the URL or clicking the option manually. Once you have the URL set, bookmark it for future use.

Stephen

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Poster: martyveldman Date: May 6, 2010 7:50am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

In the Sub-Collections, you can click on them also to see the latest additions and they are somewhat catagorized. The Opensource books have some very interesting items and haven't seen any spam lately. Thanks for the link Stephen. I can't seem to figure out how the advanced search works even with instructions! How about a link called 'IA for Dummies'!

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Poster: stbalbach Date: May 6, 2010 8:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

I wrote an informal FAQ that may be of some help
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc2wxqtd_1cs2hzvnh

If you have any Q on searching let me know. The IA system is really pretty complex because the meta data is not uniform. Searching for "John Jacob Astor" is an entirely different strategy to searching for "Sir Winston Churchill". I *could* write a generic search string that took into account all possibilities so one doesn't have to think about it, but the search field has a length limit, making that impossible. So one has to build complex custom searches each time.

I think they are trying to bring some order to it with Open Library. A "For Dummies" guide would be perfect :)

Stephen

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: May 6, 2010 11:04pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: It's time for formal organization of IA's books

BTY, is not a link "IA for Dummies" a breach of a brand name?

Hey Gerry, please comment.

Peter

(I wonder if my name has been trade marked)